Ascend Health Acquires Schick Shadel Hospital Owners Group Meets Business and Personal Goals

Harvey & Company initiated the acquisition of Schick Shadel Hospital. Below is the press release following the transaction:

Ascend Health Acquires Schick Shadel Hospital Owners Group Meets Business and Personal Goals

August 16, 2011

Seattle, WA – Ascend Health, based in Denton, TX, a leading behavioral healthcare provider, has acquired Schick Shadel Hospital, an addiction reatment facility in Burien.

For Schick’s Chairman and CEO James P. Graham, the purchase marks meeting a business goal with highly personal impetus behind it. When he learned of Schick Shadel’s struggle to survive, Graham recruited nine other former patients to form Duffy I, L.P. They purchased the hospital in October 2002. Graham, owner of Palo Petroleum, Inc. in Dallas, struggled with alcoholism for 20 years before checking in to Schick Shadel’s 10-day program 11 years ago. He has never craved a drink since.

“We are pleased to add Schick Shadel to our portfolio of facilities,” Said Richard Kresch, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer. “Additionally, we plan to enhance our addiction treatment offerings by adding Schick Shadel units to several of our facilities. This expansion opportunity offers compelling growth, allowing us to continue to satisfy the increasing need for addiction therapy by offering patients more treatment alternatives.” Ascend expects to open a Schick Shadel program at its Mayhill Hospital in Denton, TX by the end of the year, with plans to launch other facilities.

“The opportunity presented by Ascend Health allows Schick’s expansion to happen faster than any other strategy. I take great comfort in knowing that this treatment will soon be available in multiple states for not only my family and friends but for all ersons afflicted by the disease of addiction,” Said Schick COO and Owner Richard St. Peter.

“We’ve very successfully met our group’s initial mission to save the hospital, turning a facility with a successful treatment strategy and a dismal balance sheet into a profitable business with waiting lists for treatment,” Said Graham. “With this sale to scend, we accomplish our second goal, ensuring that Schick Shadel expands to help ore people suffering from addictions.” The venerable hospital, founded in 1935 by Dr. Charles A. Shadel, treated alcoholics, then considered society’s outcasts. Shadel believed that alcoholism was a disease of the body, not a mind dysfunction. He worked with Dr. Walter Voegtlin, a Seattle gastroenterologist, to develop and test a safe and effective formula to effect chemical aversion to alcohol, pioneering aversion therapy for alcoholism treatment.

“Over 75 years and 60,000 patients since Dr. Charles Shadel opened his hospital doors, his brilliant solution for treating additions will now take its rightful place as the leader in addiction treatment,” Said Marketing Director/Owner Pat O’Day. In 1964, the facility was purchased and renamed Schick Shadel Hospital by another former patient, William Frawley, Jr., then chairman and CEO of Schick Safety Razor Company. Frawley?s investments launched research that developed aversion therapy treatments for other addictions. Rapid expansion followed. Changes in healthcare reimbursement in the 70s forced closing of Schick?s other facilities, rawley family investment challenges brought the hospital to the brink by 2001. That?s when the Duffy 1, L. P. owners entered the picture.


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